Team: Oregon State Beavers
Conference: Pac-12 Conference
Coach: Wayne Tinkle
Record: 19-12, 9-9 in conference
KenPom Rank: 60
Good wins: Home to Utah, Oregon.
Impact Players: Gary Payton's son followed his father's footsteps and now leads the Beavers with a stellar assist rate, while doing it all - his line of 16 points/ five assists/ eight rebounds stands out. He's aided by the coach's son, Tres Tinkle, a forward who scores 13 points per game as a freshman, earning all-Pac-12 honorable mention honors. He suffered an ankle injury and has not played in four games.
How did they get in?: At large bid despite a rough patch early in Pac-12 play - they were once 3-6 in conference.
How far can this team go in the NCAA Tournament?: The Beavers are very tall and force turnovers behind the dynamic Payton, but they are also young and were not great at scoring in conference play. They may not be favored against 10-seed VCU despite being the seventh-seed in the West region; this is likely a First Round Knockout team.
Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 1990 under Jim Anderson. That team included Gary Payton senior and... Teo Alibegovic, father of Amar Alilbegovic. Five coaches have tried and failed to break into the Tourney before former Montana HC Wayne Tinkle did it in this, his second year at the helm.